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Respiratory Care Curriculum: Invasive Mechanical Ventilation Approved for ACCME and CRCE Credit

OPENPediatrics is pleased to announce that the continuing education version our Respiratory Care Curriculum: Invasive Mechanical Ventilation course, which was initially launched offering American Association for Respiratory Care CRCE credits, now also offers ACCME credits. We also offer a free version of the curriculum for those not seeking professional education credit.

Of the critically ill patients in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), an estimated 30-50% require some type of ventilator support. Respiratory disorders are the main cause of respiratory failure in children. Invasive mechanical ventilation is an important therapy applied to children with respiratory disorders in the PICU. While mechanical ventilation is generally lifesaving, it can be associated with avoidable adverse events if not appropriately initiated, maintained, and monitored. Complications can arise from inappropriate settings on the mechanical ventilator. For new clinicians and those in developing nations, access to adequate training may be limited and the present educational offering provides an overview of many important aspects of care for the mechanically ventilated child. 

This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of pediatric invasive mechanical ventilation including intubation, ventilator setup, initiation, management, assessment, and documentation. Learners will also complete an online mechanical ventilator simulator. The mechanical ventilator will allow the users to identify, diagnose and treat simulated children with real-time changes in vital signs, ventilatory parameters, patient appearance, arterial blood gases, chest x-rays and more. 

This course has been approved by the American Association of Respiratory Care for 5.5 continuing respiratory care education (CRCE) hours. Boston Children's Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Boston Children's Hospital designates this enduring material for a maximum of 5.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Visit the Guided Learning Pathways Page of our site to view additional curricula offered by OPENPediatrics. Learners also have the option to take CME versions of these courses on the Boston Children's Learning Cloud.